Thursday, November 05, 2015

Blog Tour: The Cobbogoth Series by Hannah L. Clark - Review + Guest Post (with giveaway)

Thursday, November 05, 2015

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Hey Guys! Welcome to my stop on the Cobbogoth Series by Hannah L. Clark Blog Tour! Hosted by Kismet Blog Tours. For more information click here! :D

The Cobbogoth Series (right now) consists of the first book, Uncovering Cobbogoth, and the second book, The Lemorian Crest, which are all going to be part of an ongoing series. A special thanks to the author for stopping by!

about the books
title: Uncovering Cobbogoth (#1)
author: Hannah L. Clark
publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
pages: 320
genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Romance

publication date: 13 May 2014
more: Goodreads / Amazon

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.

Norah Lukens's story in Uncovering Cobbogoth was gripping and unimaginable with the right blend of YA and Fantasy. It was easy to feel for the characters and care about what would happen to them and what had already happened to them. It was easy to imagine and day dream about details and legends. It was like reading a story within a story and learning that legends and myths come to life is something I never craved-never thought about until now. Not really.

Norah was smart, intelligent, brave, and she wanted to know what she was doing. Reading about her problem solving ways to figure out her uncle's murder was satisfying. She found out the secrets that were hidden beneath a different language and the monsters that were lurking around every corner with the intent on helping evil. I think her brain and her heart are one thing in her life. She feels with her heart, but what she feels connects with what she does and how she does it. Norah is an independent individual that has suffered from hallucinations and panic moments, but her story didn't stop before she could become the person she was destined to be. 

James is a sweet, hot mystery that I did not like at first. It didn't matter what kind of shared past they both had together. Maybe it was the feelings of betrayal that I could feel from Norah-and myself. Maybe it was the key sense that "confusion/hesitation 101" means that I should be on my highest guard regarding this character. 

Their romance. Is great and if anything even remotely horrible every cut a slit through what they both have, I will personally hunt down the problem starter and end them! Mark my words! I read backgrounds and flashbacks on their past and their growing up, but if there was a way that I could  have gotten more of their growing love, friendship, and their overall relationship then I would feel like I wasn't lacking a huge part of their combined story.

All in all, Uncovering Cobbogoth was a story about finding truths through mystery and investigation. It was about love, life, and everything that is unseen. And when you have to fight for your life in-between all of that, you learn about who to trust and what to look for. With a lovely romance, lovable characters, and a wonderful plot, filled with power. 

title: The Lemorian Crest (#2)
author: Hannah L. Clark
publisher: KinStone Publishing, LLC
pages: 436
genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Romance

publication date: 23 August 2015
more: Goodreads / Amazon

After being raised from infancy in Boston, Mass., Noria (a.k.a Norah Lukens) has no idea what to expect upon entering New Cobbogoth, where she never would have guessed that paths of light can make you vanish; doors can lead to realms both near and far; myths and legends are actual history; a mere kiss can seal two souls as one; and, of course, a stone is never “just a stone.” Her Uncle Jack’s stories never could have prepared her for the magical and dangerous place her native realm is turning out to be.

When the Gihara’s promises begin to crumble, her best friend and soul-mate Jamus (a.k.a. James Riley) is in more danger than ever. Then when his father Lylend abandons her to search for an ancient relic called The Lemorian Crest and she is taken captive by the very people she’s risked everything to save, Noria begins to lose faith in the Cobbogothian gods and the mission they sent her home to accomplish.

Only when a series of new friendships and loyalties are forged in the most peculiar of places, does Noria dare hope again. Hope for Jamus’ safety, for their future together, and for the survival of the entire Cobbogothian race.

The Lemorian Crest was a wonderful continuation to Uncovering Cobbogoth that covered Norah's journey from living her life as a normal human being to finding out that she herself is one of the myths that she was raised on. This book was a whole step up from the first one. It was power and magic and learning about new things-and even though they aren't real, it was knowledge that I let seep through to me. 

I was introduced to new characters that were also easy to care about and easy to love without effort (which I said in the first review and is still true) or force. I just loved the unique quality behind the myths, the stories that were scattered around, and the creatures that made the story into a magisterial whole. The amount of creativity and thought that was put into the myths was fascinating and so real. It was like I was living in this world built on dreams and imagination.  

I was introduced to some new vibrant characters with personalities that I loved. With Zuil and Lev the story just got deeper without being too overpowering. 

Still, the connection between Norah and James was something that I really wanted to read about after the ending in the first book. There wasn't much of that since it was centered on Norah's growth as herself and the independent journey that James has to take by himself. But their romance is something I will be looking forward to in the third book.

The events didn't bore out like some other books that are in series. It just grew more with what the author had to share and say through her characters and plot. I had trouble remembering names and what certain things were, but that's just me.  

At the end of the day (or should I say page), I will definitely be waiting for the next book after yet another heart stopping moment/endings.

First of all, thank you so much Hannah for being here!

Tell Us About -  The Mystery of The Lemorian Crest – the mythology/prophecy surrounding it, plus maybe a physical description or image?

As there is very little known about the Lemorian Crest, I will simply tell you what I know. Not too long ago, Norah came across an ancient slab of stone. It was inscribed with a most peculiar account by one of Phitessnie’s original royal counselors. Rather than summarize what he said, I’ll let you read his words for yourself.

The Final Words of Adolor: First Wielder of the Mighty Trident
Before our most excellent lord and ruler, Phitessnie, paid his honorable and irrepayable blood sum, myself and the other members of his royal council were summoned to a secret meeting. 
Imagine our astonishment when an eighth member joined our party, a glorious, exquisite being, the likes of which I had never seen. Phitessnie introduced her as a messenger from the Gihara—the very same who first advised him when he approached the Gihara for help. 
She spoke to us all, as one person speaks to another, telling us that the time would come when qualdriny became obsolete among our people—that there would only be a few scattered through the manifestational klans who would continue the practice, and they would be compelled to practice it in secret. 
She further warned us that when that time came, the Cobbogothian race would be susceptible to great danger and even extinction. 
Imagine our horror at this revelation, and yet our exquisite relief when she informed us that the Gihara had not forgotten or forsaken us—that they had prepared a way to preserve our posterity through a “Chosen One.” 
A child would be hidden from among us, until the time came for her to restore qualdriny to our people. She would return bearing the mark of the Haven. 
The messenger then informed us, however, that for the Chosen One to be able to accomplish her destiny, the council’s help and most explicit secrecy was required. 
When all had pledged their utmost discretion, the messenger presented the council with a peculiar memory stone—one unlike anything I had seen, or have yet to see again. It was a sort of large memory stone she’d brought with divine permission, directly from the Realm of the Gihara. 
After all had examined the peculiar relic, the messenger informed us that the stone was special. It was the vessel the Chosen One would need in order to restore qualdriny to our people.
She further informed us that the Chosen One was the only elementalist who would have the power to restore qualdriny to our people when the time was right. Each of us was then given a key to help her unlock the stone. There were seven in all. 
Finally, she told us of the Gihara’s plans to open a new realm when Phitessnie’s blood sum was complete. When we were finished equipping the new realm with the necessary elements, the messenger instructed us to take the stone to the new realm and hide the memory stone in a secure place, and then never speak of it again except when the most dire of circumstances required it amongst ourselves. 
When we all pledged, once again, to do as she said, the messenger sealed the memory stone with a special crest—the same mark adorning the crown she wore. Then she departed. 
The Opalian Eye, being fluent in the writing of the Gihara, told us that the crest was the messenger’s own name, which in our tongue was ‘Lemoria,’ which means “wandering soul.” From thence forth among us, the stone was referred to as The Lemorian Crest. 
Here is a rough drawing of what it might look like.

about the author
Hannah L. Clark

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Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and two children in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English and immediately began writing her first novel.

Uncovering Cobbogoth was Clark’s first book in the seven book Cobbogoth series—a YA fantasy series based on her mythological brain-child, The Legend of the Cobbogothians. It was released in May 2014 through Cedar Fort Publishing. Book 2 in the series, The Lemorian Crest will be released in Summer 2015.

Clark loves running, mythology, singing while playing the guitar, herbal tea, escaping into imaginary worlds, and being with her peeps. Like her heroine Norah, she also kind of believes that trees might have souls, but must clarify that she has never hugged a tree. The closest she has ever come to that kind of bizarre behavior was the time she hugged the pillars outside Harry Potter Land. Which, all things considered, is not bizarre at all if one takes into account how exquisitely happy she was to finally be there.

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